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Planning Oct, 27 2014

Zomato enters Canada; plans to invest $10 million

The restaurant search engine has tied up with Open Table, ResDiary, and Bookatable.

By Franchise India Bureau
Zomato enters Canada; plans to invest $10 million

Zomato, the India-based restaurant search engine launched in 2008 has recently started its operations in Toronto, Canada.

The restaurant search engine has earmarked $10 million for expansion in that market.

Focusing on deep market research in the UK, it is found that people are used to table-bookings. Hence, the restaurant search engine has tied up with Open Table, ResDiary, and Bookatable.

"We're excited to bring Zomato to Canada and help the folks here find great places to eat anything they're craving. Whether it's Tourtiere, Arctic Char, Smoked meat, Cheval or Bloody Caesar, Canadians are bona fide food lovers. We already have a sizeable local team and are in the process of growing it further. We aim to have a 50-member team within the next twelve months. Over the next few months, we plan to expand to other cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Montreal, Ottawa, and Calgary," said Jeremy Potvin, Country Manager, Zomato Canada.

This is company's first push into North America with the launch of its Toronto section. Zomato covers over 11,000 restaurants in the Greater Toronto Area and is available on web and mobile (iOS, Android, Windows Phone, and Blackberry).

"Toronto boasts of a vibrant restaurant industry and Canada is a hugely promising market for us. We've earmarked US $10 million for our expansion in Canada and are committed to making Zomato the go-to restaurant discovery service in the country. Canada is truly a great starting point for us before we think of getting into the United States”, said Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato.

The restaurant search engine has also acquired two of its peers in Czech Republic and Slovakia (Lunchtime and Obedovat) and has increased its presence to 15 countries.

Presently, the company operates in UK, UAE, South Africa, New Zealand, the Philippines, Portugal, Brazil, Chile, Turkey, Indonesia, Sri Lanka and Qatar, and over 25 cities across India. 

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